The Multitude of Tests

September 20, 2008

#6

Perseverance

Completing yet another one of the myriad of tests that needed to be taken, a CT scan was about to get underway.  The day was incredibly windy and just like the weather outside, the wind inside me was churning up a change in seasons.

Waiting for Bruce to complete another procedure, I scanned my surroundings.  The waiting room was filled with people of all ages.  The chairs were full and there was standing room only.  Muffled sounds fill the air as people carried on conversations.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t understand what people were saying, but it was more like I was in a dream.  I felt out of place, like I didn’t belong.  Maybe I really wasn’t there and this was a dream.  Who was I kidding?  Life was surreal.  My thoughts kept wondering why all the other people in that waiting room were there and what type of aliment had turned their world upside down.  Surely, it couldn’t be as bad as what Bruce and I were facing.  Tears kept threatening to trickle down my face but with every ounce of strength I had, I fought them back.

We were only a few days into this new journey and I seemed to be questioning everything.  Each day brought about new trials and already I was tired.  Scripture kept coming to mind and I knew I should be joyful in these trials.  Another oxymoron I needed to wrestle with.

What trials are dragging you down?  What answers are you wrestling with?  Where are you finding strength to carry on.  Are you finding joy in the journey?  I challenge you to claim God’s promises for your life.  Claim them today and cherish them for the rest of your days.  Do it now and you too can find joy in the journey.

 

 

 

Heavenly Father:

 

I’ve only begun the new journey I travel and I’m already tired.  I can’t seem to find purpose in my suffering and joy is no where to be found.  I pray for joy in the journey and may you give me the perseverance to trudge forward as you walk beside me, supplying my every need.

 

 

 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

                                                                                                                                - James 1:2-4

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